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DNA contamination implicates suspect in murder committed after death

| | April 29, 2014
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It was a real-life mystery that could have come straight from the pages of a modern-day detective novel.

A woman had been brutally murdered in London and biological material had been found under her fingernails, possibly indicating that she might have scratched her attacker just before she died.

A sample of the material was analysed and results compared with the National DNA database and quickly came back with a positive match.

The problem was, the “hit” identified a woman who had herself been murdered – a full three weeks before the death of her alleged “victim”.

The killings had taken place in different areas of the capital and were being investigated by separate teams of detectives.

Read the full, original story: The strange case of the ‘time travel’ murder

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